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Stephens County, Oklahoma Genealogy

 

Guide to Stephens County, Oklahoma ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Facts
County seat: Duncan
Organized: July 16, 1907
Parent County(s): Comanche Chickasaw Lands[1]
Neighboring Counties
Carter  • Comanche  • Cotton  • Garvin  • Grady  • Jefferson
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

Located in south-central Oklahoma. Named for Texas politician John H. [2]

County CourthouseEdit

Stephens County Courthouse
101 S. 11th Street #203
Duncan, Oklahoma 73533
Phone: 580.255.0977
Stephens County Website

Clerk Court has marriage and probate records;
County Clerk has land records[1]

Stephens County, Oklahoma Record DatesEdit

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1908 1907 1908 1907 1907 1917 1860
Statewide registration for births and deaths in 1908. General compliance by 1930.

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Towns
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


History TimelineEdit

ResourcesEdit

Bible RecordsEdit

BiographiesEdit

Business, Commerce, and OccupationsEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemeteries of Stephens County, Oklahoma online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Oklahoma Cemeteries for more information

 

Census RecordsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1910 22,252
1920 24,692 11.0%
1930 33,069 33.9%
1940 31,090 −6.0%
1950 34,071 9.6%
1960 37,990 11.5%
1970 35,902 −5.5%
1980 43,419 20.9%
1990 42,299 −2.6%
2000 43,182 2.1%
2010 45,048 4.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

For tips on accessing Stephens County, Oklahoma Genealogy census records online, see: Oklahoma Census.

Federal Census Records

Federal Censuses were taken for Oklahoma starting in 1860. For links to Federal census indexes, see Oklahoma Census.

State Census Records

Church RecordsEdit

Church records vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Oklahoma denominations, view the Oklahoma Church Records Wiki page.

Court RecordsEdit

DirectoriesEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

Ethnic, Political, and Religious GroupsEdit

American IndiansEdit

Census

Land and Property

Funeral HomesEdit

GenealogiesEdit

GuardianshipEdit

Land and Property RecordsEdit

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Oklahoma Land and Property for additional information about early Oklahoma land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse, where records are currently housed.

Online Land Records

For more information see Oklahoma Land and Property

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Stephens County, Oklahoma Genealogy. County and town histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Oklahoma Local Histories.

Maps and GazetteersEdit

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MigrationEdit

Military RecordsEdit

Revolutionary WarEdit

Civil WarEdit

World War IEdit

World War IIEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Oklahoma Newspapers Online

Oklahoma Newspaper Catalogs

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Stephens County, Oklahoma Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

  • NewspaperArchive.com ($) has historical newspapers online including Lawton newspapers that may have included Stephens County residents. This database is free at some libraries.

ObituariesEdit

Other RecordsEdit

PeriodicalsEdit

Probate RecordsEdit

In most counties in Oklahoma, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate ticklers, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Oklahoma - Stephens - Probate records.

Online Records

School RecordsEdit

Tax RecordsEdit

Oklahoma tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. There may be gaps of several years in the records.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. See the CDC Where to Write website for information on acquiring copies of these records.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Records Indexes and Images

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Records Indexes and Images

DeathEdit

Online Death Records Indexes and Images

DivorceEdit

Online Divorce Records Indexes and Images

Research FacilitiesEdit

ArchivesEdit

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

LibrariesEdit

MuseumsEdit

SocietiesEdit

Stephens County Genealogical Society
301 North 8th
Duncan, OK 73533
Telephone: 580-255-8718
E-mail:scgs_library@yahoo.com
Website

WebsitesEdit

Research GuidesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oklahoma. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. http://genealogytrails.com/oka/stephens/hist_county.html accessed 09/29/2016
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stephens County, Oklahoma. Page 557-563 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 550-552.
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Stephens County, Oklahoma," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephens_County,_Oklahoma, accessed 14 January 2019.